Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ajantha Mendis joins Hampshire

Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis will join Hampshire as their overseas player for the 2010 season.

The 24-year-old, who has taken 39 wickets in just eight Test matches since making his debut last year, will replace Pakistani spinner Imran Tahir.

Chairman Rod Bransgrove said: "Mendis is the most exciting new bowler to explode onto the world stage since Shane Warne.

"We are pleased he's joined us over other counties."

Tahir will rejoin the county in 2011 pending international commitments.

Mendis bowls a mixture of googlies, off-breaks, top-spinners, flippers, leg-breaks and the 'carrom ball', which he releases with a flick of his middle finger. Continued..

Monday, January 19, 2009

[Video] Decoding Ajantha Mendis

A brilliant production from Ten Sports. Featuring Ajantha's school coach, a chat with his army commander, and his mother. Profiles the rise to fame of a poor boy from Sri Lanka's coastal south.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

There is something about Mendis

When the words "mesmerise" and "bamboozle" are uttered in the same sentence to a bowler who has just made his international début, it makes one sit up and take notice. Those where the very words uttered by Tony Becca in the Jamaica Gleaner when Ajantha Mendis made his debut against the West Indies on the 10th of April 2008.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

M & M - gives cricket a new meaning

Through the years, modern political transformation there have been certain individuals who have swum against the set pattern of currents and cut their own niches to make an indelible impression in the history of a given society or mankind as a whole.

For instance France’s Napoleon Bonaparte, (1769 – 1821) later known as Napoleon I, was a French military and political leader who had a significant impact on the history of Europe. He was a general during the French Revolution. In 1799, Napoleon staged a coup d'état and installed himself as First Consul; five years later he crowned himself Emperor of the French and the rest is common history.

In Sri Lanka former President Ranasinghe Premadasa came from very insignificant beginnings, but, the impression he made in the Lankan political arena has now become common folklore.

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Mendis out of Test series

Sri Lanka's mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis will miss the two-Test series against Bangladesh, which begins at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on December 26.

Mendis injured his ankle while bowling for Army SC in his first match of the domestic season against Tamil Union last weekend.

Ranjith Nanayakkara-wasam, the Sri Lanka team physio, said Mendis had strained his right ankle and was undergoing treatment.

"The injury will take at least three to four weeks to heal," he said. Mendis is expected to be back for the ODI tri-series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, scheduled to start on January 10.

Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, will take Mendis' place in Sri Lanka's 15-man Test squad. Herath's last Test was in March this year, against West Indies in Guyana and the last time he played against Bangladesh was during the 2005-06 series in Sri Lanka. He had a four-wicket haul in the first Test at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

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